Live illustrating for Ted Baker

I had such a great weekend, live painting on tote bags for Ted Baker in House of Frasers, Glasgow. I have done live illustrating a few times now, and every time I have LOVED it! Below are a few pics from the event. I also made a couple of little videos which you can see on my Instagram here.
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COLLAGE / CUTWORK. 

New work. After having a studio clear out at the start of this year, I decided to do something with the piles of little paintings and drawings which I originally created to scan in and do something digital with, for patterns or illustrations etc. So, I began to cut them all out, by hand, and have created a whole new way of working that is similar to what I would do in Photoshop, only manually! The possibilities are endless, and I have a lot of exploring to do! 

You can see more of what I have been doing on my Instagram here.

Cutwork: collage 09 HOLLY SHARPE.JPG

Day 30 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 30: Rush

Woohoo, I made it! I have completed my self imposed challenge to create a new illustration, every day, for 30 days. I think I will save my thoughts and reflections on how I feel it went, for another post. 

For now, let me introduce my final illustration. I decided to do an illustration that is probably the type of illustration that people who know my work, know me best for (??). The only new part in this illustration is the face, which itself is an original pencil drawing. ALL the other elements come from my 30 days, 30 illustrations. I didn't use something from every single day, as that would have been too crazy, and she is already pushing the boundaries of crazy as it is! But I did sneak in a LOT of different elements. If you didn't understand my process for creating illustrations like this one already, maybe you will now as you can try and spot which day each little bit comes from....! I LOVE creating illustrations in this way, especially when I have so many elements / new drawings to work with... however, it also puts you in an endless cycle of decisions in Photoshop. I ended up with 5 final versions, and let it be told that I for sure could have created at least 5 more. I might still publish my second favourite one out of the final options, but for now this is it:

Rush - illustration by Holly Sharpe

You can read the intro to my 30 days, 30 illustrations challenge here. 

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Day 24 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 24: Black lines.

I have worn liquid eyeliner for years now, and regular pencil eyeliner for even longer. A lot of my girl illustrations wear it too! So today I thought I would indulge in drawing some lovely eyes with different liquid eye liner styles....  Illustration created with pencil, pen and watercolour.

Eye liner illustration by Holly Sharpe

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Only 6 days left of my 30 days, 30 illustrations challenge! 

Holly
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Day 16 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 16: Keep on Going. 

For anyone trying to follow their dream, stick to their goals, pursue their passion, get their dream job etc etc, KEEP. ON. GOING. That is THE only way to succeed. 


“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ―Nelson Mandela

Keep Going illustration by Holly Sharpe

 

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ―Confucius

Thank you again for following my blog, and my work!

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Day 8 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 8: Happy hair days!

As mentioned in my previous post (here),  I recently bought some Babyliss heated rollers to help me achieve a slightly lazier way of having nice hair! Today's illustration is this crazy lady hanging out in her rollers >>>
 

Hair illustration by Holly Sharpe



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Until tomorrow,
Holly
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Day 7 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 7: Messy hair days.

Woohoo, I’ve made it 7 days already! Hope you are enjoying my daily illustrations.

This is basically what my hair looks like most days, and along with a good ‘comfy’ jumper, as illustrated. I do often think I’d like to one of those people who have perfect hair every day, where they actually have a style of some sort. But then I remember maybe I don’t quite care enough to do that every day, and anyway I have been told I suit my hair ‘messy’… which I’m still not sure is a compliment! What I am looking for is an easy way to have nice hair, that suits me. Often when I wear it down and straightened I just don’t think does much for me. Queue: My new heated rollers! Hello curly, bouncy, natural looking hair. Thanks Babyliss.

Messy hair, fashion illustration by Holly Sharpe

 

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Day 6 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 6: Dancers in pencil and ink

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”
– Osho

Dancers/ fashion illustration by Holly Sharpe

 

Following on from yesterday’s illustration (which you can see here), here is my second version of dancers.. let me know which one you prefer?

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…”
– Susan Polis Schutz

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Day 5 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 5: Dancers in ink

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” 
- Friedrich Nietzsche
 

Last weekend I went out dancing for the first time in a while. Dancing to loud music with a whole crowd around you is so immersive it makes it easy to get a little lost for a while, in a good way.

Inky dancers / illustration by Holly Sharpe

I did loads of sketches for this illustration, which made the final stage of composing it in Photoshop quite hard work as there were way too many options, I probably could have created 10 more versions. But I stripped it right back and decided that simple was best. However, I did do one other version, which will be tomorrow's illustration. I thought they were both quite fitting to post at the weekend when I'm sure lots of people will be out dancing. Or I hope so anyway. 

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul” 
- Martha Graham
 

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Day 4 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 4: My studio Orchid.

"There are always flowers for those who want to see them"
- Henri Matisse

Inky Orchid /  illustration by Holly Sharpe

Illustration created with Parker ink, watercolour, pencil, and composed in Photoshop.

You can read the intro to my 30 days, 30 illustrations challenge HERE. 

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Would love to hear if you are setting yourself any daily challenges?
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Day 2 of 30 days, 30 illustrations

Day 2: My new dress.

I have been on the hunt for a dungaree denim dress for a while now. On that note, I have also been on the look out for a denim shirt dress for YEARS, but still haven't found one that I think doesn't look stupid on me! And I had the same problem with the pinafore/ dungaree dress, until I came across this one in TOPSHOP recently. It has a zip all down the front and is black denim, and it is super comfortable.  You can see the real dress here. There is also a very cute pink cord version which I am thinking about... 

TOPSHOP Fashion illustration by Holly Sharpe

Anyway, given that a lot of my work is fashion illustration I decided that one of my illustrations (and perhaps more in the days to come!) should be based on what I wear, and especially newly purchased items. I suppose the reason I haven't done so before is partly because I sometimes feel that I have a strange relationship to clothes. I love fashion and love drawing it and even designing it, but sometimes I find choosing what to wear really hard and a lot of the time I then go for the same stuff - jeans and a t shirt mainly! I love dressing up and mixing things up, but often I find it easier to convert to my 'usual' clothes that require zero thought. And you do hear of people, pretty sure Steve Jobs was one, and my tutor at art school another, who wear the same outfit every day and just buy copies of the same thing. Which I sometimes consider adopting so as not to take up any thought or head space when our lives already feel filled up with decisions and tasks. BUT, I don't think I ever could because fashion is a way to express ourselves, our individuality and can often be an accessible luxury when other things are out of our reach. 

Thanks again for reading! 

Please leave any comments of questions in the comments below. 

Holly

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Time-lapse drawing video

Vintage Rose - sped up video -
Hopefully the first of many videos capturing my drawing and painting process!
If you are on a mobile device and cannot view the video below, please click the second video/ link below. 

Pencil and ink speed painting/ time-lapse on newsprint paper.... Still some room for improvement on the video quality front but stay tuned for some more videos soon! Music: Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt by DJ Shadow www.hollysharpe.com Instagram: instagram.com/hollysharpe_drawings Twitter: @hollysharpe
Pencil and ink speed painting/ time-lapse on newsprint paper.... Still some room for improvement on the video quality front but stay tuned for some more videos soon! Music: Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt by DJ Shadow www.hollysharpe.com Instagram: instagram.com/hollysharpe_drawings Twitter: @hollysharpe

MAC - live illustrating

Last weekend, Friday 23rd Sept and Saturday 24th, I had the privilege of working at the official launch of the new store opening for MAC Cosmetics here in Glasgow. The event was celebrating the 'Art of the Lip' and along with myself there was also a DJ, a model and a drag queen to make it an exciting couple of days! I was busy illustrating lots of lovely customers which was an absolute delight. You can see some examples and photos from the event below.  
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